Canadian author and comedy writer is debuting a brand new addition to her Swap Club series with Swap Club 3. Focused on Valerie Matthews in her third year as part of Swap Club, but the relationships in the elite group have begun to shift and Valerie finds herself at a turning point. I chatted about the series with Lauren Wise as well as her comedy work and other projects. You can get your copy of Swap Club 3 on June 20th, but until then find out more here.
Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Montreal Quebec, I’m with the love of my life and together we have a blended family. And no, our kids have not read my books yet. I am waiting until they are either living in another country, or over forty. Whatever comes first. I have been writing for as long as I can remember, it has always been part of me. I still have my first creative writing Hilroy from when I was in grade school, I always had and still have a vivid imagination. I tend to be reclusive, and have a very tight circle of friends that have been the best support team ever. Living in Montreal and writing a scandalous book series based here was probably the riskiest business move I have ever made. Thank G-d for my family and friends who loved the series. Well, at least that’s what they say to my face.
Your Swap Club series has a third book coming out this June, could you describe the series and what this new book will explore?
Swap Club is really a story about a woman Valerie Matthews falling back in love with herself. For many people, including Valerie, turning forty is a monumental milestone. For some, it as a positive one, and for others, like Val it is a time for reflection. Val comes to the realization that her marriage and her life as a stay at home mom, although fulfilling in some ways, is not filling a void growing inside of her. Mid-life sex is complicated and not exactly what Val had imagined when she married Ryan, with the intention to spice things up in the bedroom, Val convinces Ryan to join the members only Swap Club that allows them to explore the swinger lifestyle once a month. The third and probably final book in the series is the culmination of the three years Val explores love, sex and marriage and taking charge of her happiness (and orgasm.)
What inspired Swap Club?
This book is fiction, but having said that, it is based on rumours that have been circulating around the suburbs of Montreals for decades. Swap Club is a made up club, it doesn’t actually exist…yet. You never know…. consensual sex with other married couples could become more popular in the mainstream…I’ll let you know if I hear of anything.
What are some of your plans for the series going forward?
I’m working with an amazing team of producers trying to figure out what is best for the Swap Club series. For years, it was in development for a feature film, but right now I am taking a minute to make sure that this is still the right direction. The fact that there is so much interest in my books to turn it into something more is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Swap Club is my baby, and I believe that with time and patience the right decision will present itself. I’m grateful for my amazing producing partners that believe in me and love the series like I do. It’s all very exciting.
You are not just an author, but also a filmmaker. Could you discuss some of your short films and your production company work?
As much as I love writing, I also love being behind the camera. I have my company called FunnyGirl Productions, I’ve produced and directed some short films such as The Dinner Party and Mixed Messages. I have also directed commercials and have been on the production team for some very fun music videos. I’m a creative soul, so put me in any situation where I can work with creative minds and I’m in my version of heaven. I love watching ideas come to life, it’s cathartic.
What are some of your favorite books right now?
I definitely don’t read as often as I should. Being behind a computer all day writing is very isolating, so reading during my free time tends to be difficult for me. I was on vacation a few months ago and I forced myself to read at least one book.I brought Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. It was riveting. I couldn’t put it down and was so happy with my choice. A woman at the pool even yelled “I just read that” from her chair, and gave it a thumbs up. So if Lisa Jewell is reading this, you get a thumbs up from me and strange lady at the pool.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you can discuss at this time?
I dug up an old screenplay that I wrote back in 2012 and I have been working on it. I still believe in my old work and know that sometime in my past, when I had more time on my hands, I created some good characters and stories. I’m lucky to have a team of producers around me who believe in my work as much as I do and want to collaborate with me. It’s all about timing… and confidence. My mind is open now to new experiences and adventures…I’m looking forward to whatever is meant to be after Swap Club.
Where can our readers keep up with information about your work and you online?
My Instagram @authorlaurenwise and my Facebook Author Lauren Wise are the two best places right now to stay in touch. I’ve been working on a website forever and one day it will be live… one day. I hope. Maybe.